MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced its Presidential Honor Roll recipients, with 130 Georgia College student-athletes making the list, a school record. The program honors all student-athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the 2013-14 academic year.
For the seventh season, the PBC divided the group into four levels by GPA, as all students between 3.00 and 3.24 are Presidential Scholars, 3.25 to 3.49 are Bronze Scholars, 3.50 to 3.74 are Silver Scholars and 3.75 to 4.00 are Gold Scholars.
Georgia College placed third in the 14-member PBC with its 130 recipients. Young Harris College took top honors with 157, edging UNC Pembroke by one honoree. YHC has 14 varsity sports and UNCP has 16, compared to Georgia College's 11.
The 130 is a school record for the Bobcats, the previous high being 109 in the 2007-08 season. This also marks just the second time the total number of Bobcat honorees has eclipsed the century mark.
Bobcat baseball had the most with 24 student-athletes on the list. Soccer was second with 21, also owning the department’s second-best per-roster ratio at 81 percent (21/26). Third in overall student-athletes listed was softball with 18, a whopping 90 percent of the roster (18/20) leading the department in that category. The third-best ratio of 80 percent went to women’s basketball, landing 12 of their 15 on the roster. All 11 varsity sports had at least half of the student-athletes on its roster make this prestigious list. Georgia College had 30 Gold Scholars, 30 Silver Scholars, 32 Bronze Scholars and 38 Presidential Scholars.
A list of the scholars follows, separated by sport:
Baseball : Gold Scholars - Sean Brophy, Dallas Draviczki, Joe Scott, John Welborn, Trent Wildermuth; Silver Scholars - Mason Colquitt, Steve Hazel, Michael McKinney, Henry Rowland, Jack Spear, Brandon Spivey; Bronze Scholars - Zach Chandler, Colton Montgomery, Ryan Mossman, Stuart Rich, Jonah Stephens, Christian Wonders; Presidential Scholars - Clay Ardeeser, John Davis, Taylor Hinshaw, Rob Hogenkamp, Colby Houser, Brandon Purcell, Brady Walsh.
Women’s Basketball : Gold Scholars - Shanteona Keys, Sarah Miller, Kate Palo, Christina Thomas, Kayla Upchurch; Silver Scholars - Saidat Ogbemudia, Mckenna Rushton; Bronze Scholars - Lindsey Reed, Belinda Schaafsma, Abby Slocumb; Presidential Scholars - Enisha Donley, Thresia Elskamp.
Men’s Basketball : Gold Scholars - Robert Armstrong, Royal Thomas; Silver Scholars - Will Clifton; Bronze Scholars - Ryan Blumenthal, Aaron Robinson; Presidential Scholars - Terrell Harris, Matt Polyne, Alex Reid, Larrentis Thomas.
Women’s Cross Country : Gold Scholars - Bekah Houston, Rachel Pasko, Taylor Roeck, Whitney Sweet; Silver Scholars - Madeline McCane, Elyse Renshaw, Meghan Wetterhall.
Men’s Cross Country : Gold Scholars - James Ryden; Silver Scholars - Matt Tippins, Michael Ziegler; Bronze Scholars - Paul Orr; Presidential Scholars - Tucker Forbes, Dylan Price, Matt Sutton, Michael Warrick.
Golf : Silver Scholars - Harry Lambert; Bronze Scholars - John Barfield, Victor Monte, Harrison Stewart; Presidential Scholars - Conner Albright, Nicolas Falkinhoff, David Hemann, Ryan Trocchio, Tyler Tucker.
Soccer : Gold Scholars - Anna Barrow, Ally Barys, Lizzie Brenner; Silver Scholars - Rebekah Autry, Taylor Cornelius, Liz Franco, Alex Giles, Lindsey Knott, Lindsey Lawrence, Susan Lotyczewski, Rachel Overley; Bronze Scholars - Abby Dalton, Erin Griffin, Kacey McInerney, Marissa Medina, Allyease Schwartz, Annie Stephens, Madeline Tully; Presidential Scholars - Jessica Catapano, Kessler Matheson, Emily Wilhelm.
Softball : Gold Scholars - Marisa Boyette, Savannah Chapman, Natalie Lampert, Whitney Okvist, Camille Tracy; Silver Scholars - Faith Flanders, Mikayla Sparks, Frankie Walls; Bronze Scholars - Kristen Brooks, Whitney Horton, Kristen Humphries, Lacey Najafi; Presidential Scholars - Emily Hammond, Danielle Knight, Abi LeRoy, Carly Lewis, Becca Olson, Cassidy Rice.
Women’s Tennis : Gold Scholars - Macy Polk, Ivana Marevic, Cristalei Polk; Silver Scholars - Sarah Murray; Presidential Scholars - Camille Clausse-Pujo.
Men’s Tennis : Gold Scholars - Kyle Kinsler; Silver Scholars - Anton Waern; Bronze Scholars - Alex Nolley; Presidential Scholars - Mattia Campus, Taylor Powell.
Volleyball : Gold Scholars - Rachel Reynolds; Silver Scholars - Lauren Johnston, Blake Willoughby; Bronze Scholars - Ella Anastasiades, Caroline Ham, Caroline Long, Miller Howard, Rachel Rice; Presidential Scholars - Sydney Stripling, Ashley Savransky, Kaitlyn Lattimer, Danyelle Drummond.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information, and to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GC Athletics Hall of Fame.